Red McKelvie Profile

Glen Moffatt
5 Nov 2014

Red McKelvie’s guitar and pedal steel guitar have appeared on a multitude of New Zealand recordings from John Hanlon, Larry Morris, DD Smash, Hello Sailor and Sneaky Feelings to country music acts Patsy Riggir, John Hore Grenell, Gray Bartlett and Brendan Dugan.

He began his career in blues bands in Auckland before moving to Australia, falling in love with The Byrds, becoming a country rock pioneer in Sydney and providing the riffs for the huge Richard Clapton hit ‘Girls On The Avenue’. He became a permanent fixture at Stebbing Recording Studios from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s.

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Red McKelvie's first band The Crescendoes. Left to right: Graeme McNickel, Kevin Loughlin, Red McKelvie, Nicholas Keily.
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The Starving Wild Dogs on stage, Sydney, late 1960s. Left to right, Red McKelvie, Wally Wyld, Ace Follington, Paul Wyld.
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Red McKelvie in full voice at Mumbo Gumbo's debut gig, The Gluepot, October 1992.
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Ridin' On Trains - Songs Of New Zealand and Australia was released in 2007 on Neil Hannan's SDL Music label
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Red McKelvie performing Gore, an original, at Caroline Bay Carnival
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Mumbo Gumbo at Kitty O'Brien's, Auckland, 1993. Left to right: Red McKelvie, Neil Hannan, Glen Moffatt, Jono Lonie. Out of shot Ian Thomson.
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Red McKelvie Third Union Band - Hyway Ryder (GTK, 1972)
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Third Union Band. Left to right, Red McKelvie, Harry Brus, Grahame Lister, Dave Ovenden.
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Mike McClellan, feat Red McKelvie - Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues
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The Flying Circus. Left to right, Terry Wilkins, Colin Walker, Doug Rowe, Red McKelvie, Jim Wynne.
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Sneaky Feelings - Wouldn't Cry (feat. Red McKelvie)
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Red McKelvie at the pedal steel guitar, 2001
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A 1969 Go-Set article on Red McKelvie's band Quill
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Red McKelvie in Third Union Band - Act Naturally (GTK 1972)
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Lister and McClellan with Red McKelvie - Some Other Sunrise (GTK, 1971)
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Red McKelvie at Mandrill Recording Studios, 1981
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Richard Clapton Band. Left to right, Ernie McInerney, Brian Bethell, Red McKelvie, Stuart West, Richard Clapton.
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The Al Hunter Band circa 1987/8: Cath Newhook, Alastair Dougal, Red McKelvie (front) and Al Hunter. The photo was likely taken at Auckland's Shakespeare Tavern.
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The Dark Ages. Left to right: Mick Sibley, Clive Coulson, Vaughan Stephens, Red McKelvie, Ian Thomson.
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Cruise Lane on stage at De Bretts, High Street, Auckland, August 1973. Left to right, Red McKelvie, Brett Neilsen, Mike Wilson, Murray Grindlay, Paul Hewson.
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Red McKelvie
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Al Hunter - I Don't Want To Go To Work Today (feat Red McKelvie)
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Red McKelvie in Lariat - She's So Fine (GTK, 1971)
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The Chelsea Beats. Left to right, George Brownrigg, Peter Ford, Red McKelvie, Peter Savidan, Graeme Regan.
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Trivia:

In the 1990s, McKelvie’s son, Chris McKelvie, was a guitarist in The Greg Johnson Set, appearing on Everyday Distortions and Johnson’s solo album Vine Street Stories.

McKelvie’s Third Union Band cohort Grahame Lister co-wrote the UK and New Zealand 1987 No.1 novelty song ‘Star Trekkin'.

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